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Series II: Writings, 1937-2011
Series IV: Erica Jong Files--as organized by Jong, 1970-2008
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in 7 series.
This collection contains the correspondence, writings, files, personal materials, printed and audio/visual material relating to Erica Jong's writing and personal life. Correspondence ranges from 1958 to 2004, and comprises a wide variety of correspondents, including business and literary contacts, friends, fans, and relatives. Among the writings are notes, drafts, correspondence, and publication material pertaining to all of Jong's major published novels and essay and poetry collections, including Fear of Flying, and drafts of several unpublished novels and the scripts for a number of unproduced television series and films. In addition, there is a large quantity of material relating to Jong's book on Henry Miller, The Devil at Large--such material includes correspondence and audio and written interviews. Within the "Personal" series are Jong's early diaries and daybooks, as well as material from Barnard and during her time living in Germany. The series of "Erica Jong Files", organized by Jong, include research, publication, project, and personal files, which contain primarily legal and business correspondence pertaining to Jong's work, finances, and various business projects. Among the printed materials are books and journals collected by Jong, as well as newspaper and magazine clippings about Jong. Finally, the Audio/Visual material includes recordings of a number of Jong's readings and appearances on television and radio.
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Restrictions on Access
This collection has restrictions related to student grades, legal and financial documents. The following material is restricted: Box 2, folder 16; Box 62, folders 12-21; Box 63, folders2; Box 70, folders 11 and 12; Box 71; Box 72, folders 1-14; Box 73, folders, 1, 14-16; Box 74, folders 1-13; Box 87, folder 30; Box 88; Box 89; Box 90, folders 1-8.
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All original copies of audio / moving image media are closed until reformatting. Some unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized. Email email@example.com for more information.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Erica Jong Papers; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
No additional material expected
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers accessioned PL 6/13/2007.
Papers processed Jean-Christophe Cloutier (Columbia University, GSAS 2013) and Aaron Winslow (Columbia University, GSAS 2014) 2010-2010.
Finding aid written Jean-Christophe Cloutier (Columbia University, GSAS 2013) and Aaron Winslow (Columbia University, GSAS 2014) 05/--/2011.
2011-09-03 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz
2018-04-03 XML document instance updated by Catherine C. Ricciardi. Addition of Series VII.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
2019-07-24 Link to remediated audio added. kws
History / Biographical Note
Author Erica Mann Jong was born on March 26th, 1942, in New York City and was raised on Manhattan's Upper-Westside. Her father, Seymour Mann, founded Seymour Mann Imports, a giftware and home accents store; her mother, Eda Mirsky Mann, a painter, designed many of the dolls in the Connoisseur Doll Collection sold through her husband's business. Jong, a middle child, has two sisters Susanna Mann Daou and Claudia Mann Oberweger. Jong attended the High School of Music and Art, then located on the campus of City University in Hamilton Heights, from which she graduated in 1959. The family, by all accounts, led a comfortable life.
While taking her degree at Barnard College (BA 1963) and her Masters in 18th Century English Literature at Columbia University (1965), Jong published two volumes of poetry--Fruits & Vegetables and Half-Lives. Jong entered the international literary scene with her best-selling first novel, Fear of Flying (1973), a semi-autobiographical first-person narrative depicting a woman's search for identity and fulfillment. The book, an immediate sensation, has since sold over 18 million copies and has been translated into multiple languages. The novel's protagonist, Isadora Wing, went on to star in many of Jong's subsequent novels, including How to Save Your Own Life, Parachutes & Kisses, and Any Woman's Blues. Thus far, as her official websites states, Jong has published "20 books, including eight novels, six volumes of poetry, six books of non-fiction and numerous articles" in major magazines and newspapers. Also known for her association with American writer Henry Miller, Jong wrote The Devil at Large (1993) in honor of their friendship and shared literary aesthetic.
Jong is a teacher as well as a writer and has taught courses or conducted workshops at City University of New York, the Overseas Division of the University of Maryland in Germany, Barnard College, Bennington College, Breadloaf Writers Conference, Ben Gurion University in Israel and the Salzburg Seminar in Vienna. Among her awards are the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature, Poetry Magazine's Bess Hokin Award and France's Deauville Award for Literary Excellence.
In 1996 Jong endowed the Erica Mann Jong '63 Writing Fellows Fund at Barnard College.
Jong has been married four times: her first, and briefest marriage, was to Michael Werthman, whom she married while she was still an undergraduate; Jong and psychiatrist Allan Jong were married in 1966; in 1977 she married author Jonathan Fast with whom she had her one, and only child, also an author, Molly Miranda Fast-Jong; in 1989 Jong married attorney Kenneth David Burrows, a graduate of Brown University and Fordham University Law School, to whom she is still married.